Giving Thanks In A Big Way

It has been a number of years since the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag gathered to celebrate Colonial America’s first successful harvest. In fact, it has been 396 years (or so) as best we can tell. And while our modern celebrations are as much about a big New York City parade, a football rivalry, or some good ‘ol Stovetop, there are still dots on our landscape that take this one day of the year to truly give thanks for their homes,their families, their freedom, and their harvest.


Within ten months of landing on Plymouth Rock (see: Was There A Tiny House On Plymouth Rock), the Pilgrims had constructed seven houses, a common meeting room and three storehouses for their harvested goods. After a long, hard winter in which a number of settlers died of either hypothermia, complications of frostbite, malnutrition, pneumonia or other illnesses due to unfavorable conditions and ill-equip, there was much to be thankful for. Continue reading

Shopping with Intention


Black Friday, that ominous day of the year when hordes of shoppers descend upon malls across America. It is a celebration of consumerism and the holy search for best deals of the year. For many that means stress—long lines, arguments with other shoppers and even injuries. Literally shopping ‘til you drop. It makes me shudder just thinking about it all. This kind of consumerist frenzy showcases some of the worst elements of our more, more, more focused society, namely unhealthy shopping habits.

I used to be a somewhat compulsive & mindless shopper. One of my triggers, discount bins at the front of the store. Before I knew it, I spent ten dollars or more on things I didn’t need because it was a “good deal”. Many of us buy things we don’t really need or don’t even like that much. Shopping as a compulsive behavior, not a meaningful experience that it can be. Continue reading

Small House Design Ideas: 10 Simple Passive Solar Tips

Be on top of your tiny house building game with these ten tips for passive solar tiny house design!

These top ten passive solar design tips will give you a good starting point in designing your own tiny house by using the sun to your advantage for both heating and cooling your home. Often these techniques are low-tech, energy efficient and environmentally responsible.

(Many of the houses mentioned in this article are located at Dancing Rabbit Eco-village. If you want to see them first hand, consider coming for a visit. You’ll be able to talk to several green builders, check out the houses they live in, and learn a lot about sustainable living in the process.) Continue reading

Accessorizing Your Tiny Home

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The right accessories can enhance the comfort and beauty of your dwelling. However, if you find mixing and matching the right odds and ends challenging, your home can look cluttered and out of sorts, especially if you have a tiny home. The following tips and ideas can add style and character to your home without making it look claustrophobic.

Decorate With Mirrors

If you’re a novice when it comes to decorating, you may be wondering how to make a tiny dwelling larger without adding on to its size with a remodel. Mirrors can reflect the sun’s rays and help to illuminate your house naturally. They can also make your rooms feel bigger and more spacious. If your decorating scheme is rustic, you can use golden edged mirrors. If your style is contemporary, steel finished mirrors can complete your room. Place the mirror in the middle of the wall and add wall sconces on each side. You can also hang simple accessories from the mirror such as a floral swag or decorative wreath. Continue reading

A Tale of Zoning Happily Ever After

RockledgeGroundbreaking Zoning Ordinace for Tiny House Communities

Documenting tiny house movemehistory in the making in Rockledge, Fl

Image from Tiny House Expedition, documenting tiny house movement history in the making in Rockledge, Fl.

Once upon a time in the small, forward-thinking city of Rockledge, Florida, some of the most progressive tiny housing zoning ordinances in the entire US of A were approved, in record time and with great ease. You see, the forward-thinking City Manager had an eye for viable solutions for the needs of his constituents and a knack for facilitating progress. A fair maiden, by the name of René Hardee approached him & the city planners one fine day with a few simple questions. The rest is history…

A little on the cheesy side? Maybe. But after a recent trip to Florida to witness tiny house movement history in the making, I realized maybe fairytales can come true. The city of Rockledge provides an astonishing example of how smooth the process of creating & approving brand-new zoning regulations can be. Of course every city’s approach to zoning is distinct, with many good reasons. The question is why do some cities make the process so complicated and drawn out? Particularly when presented with a viable idea that benefits residents and provides opportunity for economic development. Continue reading